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TOKYO Japanese display maker Sharp Corp may start building a $7 billion plant in the United States in the first half of 2017, taking the lead on a project initially outlined by its Taiwanese parent Foxconn, a person with knowledge of the plan said.A decision by Foxconn to give Sharp the lead would come as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to travel to the United States to meet U.S. President Donald Trump, who in his inauguration speech vowed to put "America first".In a package Tokyo ho...
Japan last year logged its biggest annual current-account surplus since the 2008 financial crisis, figures showed today, as the country's prime minister prepares to meet protectionist-leaning Donald Trump. The new president has assailed Japan for allegedly devaluing the yen to boost exports, grouping it with other countries he says are taking "advantage" of the United States. The surplus in the current account -- the broadest measure of Japan's trade with the rest of the world -- comes at a tr...
Sharp Corp, the Japanses display maker, may break ground on a $7-billion plant in the U.S. as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe readies for his first meeting with  President Trump, Reuters reported. A Sharp spokesman told the news agency that no final decision has been made on the plant, but the report said Sharp is taking the lead  on a project  initially outlined by its parent company Foxconn. ...
Moneycontrol BureauWith the US under Donald Trump's administration proposing new norms to the H1B work visas, which may make it difficult for Indians among other nationals to work in America, Japan is opening its doors to investments and work opportunities in the country, reports Mint.The Japanese government is going to unveil a new law that will reduce the waiting time for Indian - and other nationalities - professionals to obtain a 'green card' which would give them permanent residency status ...
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Rikio Kozu, president of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), has stressed that the labor side will push for hikes in regular monthly wages in this year’s shunto annual wage negotiations. While Japan’s biggest business lobby, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), has said it will increase wages “on an annual basis,” including bonuses, Rengo will focus on monthly wages, Kozu said in a recent interview, showing his resolve to achieve pay-scale increases for the fourth stra...
In a bid to attract global talent has said it will soon introduce a new programme —billed as the fastest such system in the world — and expedite the granting of to highly skilled professionals. Come April, will expedite issuance of green cards to highly skilled professionals in IT and other cutting edge fields from foreign countries, including India. A spokesperson for JETRO told PTI that the new system will be introduced from April. He said the new type of Japanese visa system entai...
Japan’s current account surplus was 1.11 trillion yen in December, a seventh straight month of annual increases, the ministry data showed. — Reuters pic TOKYO, Feb 8 — Japan attained its second-biggest current account surplus on record in 2016, Ministry of Finance data showed today, just days before the US and Japanese leaders meet for talks with trade surpluses and currency valuations expected to be high on the agenda. The 20.6 trillion yen (RM810 billion) surplus reflected the trade bal...
A measure of peoples' assessment of the Japanese economy decreased unexpectedly at the start of the year, survey figures from the Cabinet Office showed Wednesday. The current index of Economy Watchers' survey dropped to 49.8 in January from 51.4 in December. In contrast, economists had expected the index to rise to 51.8. Any reading above 50 indicates optimism and a reading below 50 suggests pessimism. Similarly, the outlook index fell to 49.4 in January from 50.9 in the preceding month. Mean...
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TOKYO -- In an early morning phone call with the top diplomat of the Donald Trump administration on Tuesday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida secured an assurance that there has been no change in the U.S. commitment to defend the Senkaku Islands, if any party were to challenge Japan's administration of the islands in the East China Sea. During the 15-minute call, their first, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "The Senkaku Islands are territories administered by Japan and fall u...
By AFP More by this Author The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile program.The two nations have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence System.Friday's test off Kauai in Hawaii saw the Standard Missile-3 "Block IIA" successfully hit it...
Honda�s N-Box Was Top Selling Car in Japan in January TOKYO � Honda Motor�s N-Box mini vehicle was the highest selling car in Japan in January for the second year in a row, according to data released by distributor associations in the country. In the first month of 2017, 17,640 units of N-Box were sold, 28.3 percent more than in January 2016, while the Nissan Note, a mini multi-purpose vehicle, was in second place with 14,113 units, a year-on-year increase of 69.3 percent. In th...
In addition, there were sculptures from Nintendo's Pokemon Go game and Star Wars characters, including the villain Darth Vader and robots R2D2 and C-3PO. SAPPORO: More than 2 million visitors are expected at this year’s Sapporo snow festival, which kicked off on Monday, showcasing hundreds of ice sculptures of iconic movie characters, celebrities and even US President Donald Trump. A military band entertained crowds at the opening ceremony, which saw the French flag raised on an ice replica ...
Japan to Allow North Koreans to Participate in Asian Winter Games TOKYO � Tokyo will lift the sanctions imposed by the Japanese government on Pyongyang to allow North Korean athletes to participate in the Asian Winter Games. According to government officials, Japan will lift the ban on North Koreans for entering the country so that athletes and officials can take part in the competition, which will be held between Feb. 19-26 in Sapporo, the Kyodo agency reported Monday. Last year to...
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile program. The two nations have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence System. Last Friday's (Feb 3) test off Kauai in Hawaii saw the Standard Missile-3 "Block IIA" successfull...
The official number of foreign workers in Japan has surpassed 1 million for the first time, thanks in part to aggressive employment by regional companies and small businesses to cope with the labor shortage. While these companies, though few and far between, are breaking new ground with their hiring, it remains unclear how the government wants to go about allowing in more foreign workers as it works out a new policy. Juroku Bank, Ltd., based in Gifu Prefecture, last April hired two Chinese who...
Nadine Ghosn to Launch Japan-Themed Jewelry Collection at Colette The playful collection includes a precious, stackable Onigiri burger ring.
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